The Role of Universities in Sustainable, Just & Inclusive Cities

UPDATE March 11

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, Newcastle University and the University of Pittsburgh have decided to postpone the International Place-Based University Network Conference.

We look forward to rescheduling the event and will provide updates as they become available.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

John Stoner, Ph.D.
Executive Director for Academic Affairs
Pitt Global


An Initiative of the International Place-Based University Network
International Place-Based University Network: Academically Based, Globally Minded Community Engagement

Post-industrial cities are crucibles of reinvention and innovation. Those that have successfully navigated the sunsetting of industrial production have creatively reoriented to intellectual technology, advanced manufacturing, business services, and life science innovations. And yet, the challenges that followed industrial decline—loss of population, unemployment, and destructive urban redevelopment strategies—continue to reverberate.

As the founding members of the International Place-Based University Network, Newcastle University and the University of Pittsburgh are hosting this conference. The goal is to share best practices for community and civic engagement as well as to explore potential international collaborations for academically based community engagement.  

View schedule:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
University Club | Ballroom A, First Floor | University of Pittsburgh

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Welcome* and Introductions 
8:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Opening Roundtable:* Defining a Place-Based Approach
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Panel One:* Post Industrial Cities and the SDG's - a Framework for the Future? 
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. - Working Group Discussions
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Networking Lunch (advanced registration required)
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Panel Two: The Role of Universities in Creating a Sustainable Future
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Keynote Address:  Al Richmond, Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Community Engagement Center in Homewood

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Panel Three:* Social Justice and Equity 
10:45 - 12:15 p.m. - Panel Four:* Advancing Health and Well-Being through Participatory Research and Community Engagement 
12:15-1:30 p.m. - Lunch (advanced registration required)
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Panel Five: Understanding Needs and Opportunities for Maximizing and Measuring Impact - Assessing Current Strategies


*indicates that these sessions will be livestreamed. View livestream schedule.

Read more about the Speakers and Panelists.

Advanced registration requested. 

The International Place-Based University Network

Academically-based, globally-minded community engagement
Newcastle University
University of Pittsburgh